Waterman's Journal

Nov 29, 2012

Expedition Great Barrier Reef: A Pictorial

The Pelagic Film Crew recently returned from an epic trip fishing during Australia’s heavy tackle season on the Great Barrier Reef with long-time Pro Team Captain, Luke Fallon. Five full days aboard Capt. Luke’s 56’ O’Brien, KEKOA , provided ample opportunity for big fish – and they weren’t disappointed.

During their time spent on the reef, the team released ten marlin in total (8 black, 2 blue) no less than 400-pounds, with a few stand-out monsters that were estimated in the 700, 750, and 900-plus-pound range. These fish were just plain thick, with huge heads and broad shoulders, and jaw-dropping when putting on a violent aerial display.

Fishing out wide away from the reef, Capt. Luke also found a few large yellowfin and bigeye tuna to 150-pounds, wahoo, and a surprise 200-pound mako shark. Friendly whale sharks were a common sight, and the guys took a few minutes to swim with the giants as well.

Overall, an incredible trip. Thank you to Capt. Luke and Kelly Fallon, along with crewmembers Braden and Jack, for being so accommodating aboard KEKOA. You can rest assure, we will be back to visit the Great Barrier Reef sometime in the near future.

Visit KEKOA online and book your Great Barrier Reef trip of a lifetime. www.kekoa.com.au

Enjoy the photos, courtesy of Kelly Dalling Fallon: